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GOODWIN LIU confirmed to Calif. Supreme Court – SF Chronicle

September 1, 2011

Goodwin Liu confirmed to Calif. Supreme Court

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, September 1, 2011

UC Berkeley law Professor Goodwin Liu and his mother, Ching Liu, attend his confirmation hearing in San Francisco. He is to be sworn in today.

Sacramento — Barely three months after Senate Republicans denounced Goodwin Liu as a left-wing extremist and torpedoed his nomination to a federal appeals court, he was lauded as a brilliant and open-minded legal scholar Wednesday and confirmed to a seat on the California Supreme Court.

The Commission on Judicial Appointments voted 3-0 to endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination of the 40-year-old Liu to succeed retired Justice Carlos Moreno as the only Democratic appointee on the seven-member court.

Liu will be sworn in to office by Brown today and join the court in time for Tuesday’s critical hearing on Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. The justices will consider whether California law allows the measure’s sponsors to represent the interests of the state and its voters in appealing a federal judge’s decision that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.

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